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Biden health pick Rachel Levine set to become first trans Senate confirmee
Biden nominates Levine for assistant health secretary role President-elect hails ‘historic and deeply qualified choice’ Joe Biden has chosen Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania’s health secretary, as his assistant secretary of health. Levine would be the first ever openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the US Senate. Related: Biden inauguration: Donald Trump's last full day as US preside
Sean Spicer, Trump's ex-media chief, applies to join White House press corps
Former press secretary, who now works for Newsmax, applies for membership of White House Correspondents’ Association Four years after he kicked off the Trump presidency by lying angrily about the size of the inauguration crowd, former press secretary Sean Spicer has applied to join the White House press corps. Related: ‘The Capitol riot was our Chernobyl’: James Comey on Trump, the ‘pee tape’ and
Brexit was a typically English revolution – one that left the elites unharmed | Rafael Behr
Our ruling class is expert in maintaining a myth of continuity, and absorbing supporters from the ranks of the aggrieved Jacob Rees-Mogg’s star has waned since his glory days leading backbench rebellions against Theresa May. He is on TV less, playing to smaller crowds. I caught him the other week on the BBC Parliament channel telling the Commons that fish unable to reach EU markets were “ better


The end of Trump: where will the Biden era take America?
Guardian US columnist Robert Reich reflects on the unfinished business of the Trump presidency, and what Biden’s administration should aim to accomplish Guardian columnist Robert Reich is a professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley and a veteran of Democratic administrations stretching back to the 70s. He was secretary of labor under Bill Clinton when he was president
Haitian boy, 9, detained as Trump's family separation policy pursued to bitter end
Vladimir Fardin arrived in San Francisco with a valid visa but faces being deported by US immigration along with his brother In the final hours of the Trump presidency, immigration officials detained a nine year-old Haitian boy with a valid US visa, separated him from his elder brother and incarcerated him, according to lawyers and activists. Vladimir Fardin arrived in San Francisco from Haiti on
Two Fox News executives involved in election night Arizona call are out
Network’s decision to call the state for Biden took the anchors by surprise and infuriated Donald Trump and his supporters Two top news executives who were involved in the Fox News Channel’s election night decision to call Arizona for Democrat Joe Biden are out at the network. Bill Sammon, senior vice-president and managing editor at Fox’s Washington bureau, announced his retirement to staff memb
Biden and Harris hold vigil for 400,000 COVID-19 dead as bells toll across US – video
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have honoured the more than 400,000 Americans who have died from Covid-19 at a lighting ceremony in Washington. ‘Between sundown and dusk, let us shine the lights in the darkness along the sacred pool of reflection, remember all whom we lost,’ Biden said. Lori Marie Key, a nurse from Michigan, sang Amazing Grace and the gospel singer Yolanda Adams sang Leonard Cohen’s
'We did what we came here to do': Trump fails to mention Biden in farewell address
Video message touts Trump’s accomplishments but does not acknowledge successor’s legitimate election win Donald Trump has delivered a “mission accomplished” valedictory address that failed to name Joe Biden or acknowledge the legitimacy of his election victory. On his last full day at the White House, the outgoing US president released a nearly 20-minute video message in which he spoke from a lec
'The best is yet to come', says Trump in pre-recorded farewell address – video
The White House has released Donald Trump’s farewell address, a 20-minute pre-recorded video of the president touting his accomplishments in office. ‘I did not seek the path that would get the least criticism,' Trump said celebrating his controversy-laden presidency. ‘I took on the tough battles, the hardest fights, the most difficult choices’. The outgoing president also offered a message of enc
Powerful winds spark new blazes in California's year-round fire 'season'
Warm winter weather and strong gusts have led to an early start for 2021’s fires, following a record-breaking year of blazes in 2020 Unusually warm and dry conditions coupled with powerful wind gusts have ignited a spate of winter wildfires that call into question the idea that California has a “fire season” at all any more. Residents of several communities in the Santa Cruz mountains were ordere
'The mob was fed lies': McConnell blames Trump for Capitol attack – video
Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican leader, acknowledged the violent mob that attacked the Capitol earlier this month was 'provoked' by Donald Trump, going on to say that the inauguration of Joe Biden would be 'safe and successful'. Speaking on the Senate floor, McConnell said: 'The mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the president and other powerful people' Continue reading...
Sarah Thomas to become first woman to officiate at Super Bowl
Sarah Thomas named to officiating crew for Super Bowl LV Thomas first joined league as full-time game official in 2015 Sarah Thomas will cap her sixth NFL season by becoming the first female to officiate the Super Bowl in the league’s history. Thomas, a down judge, is part of the officiating crew announced Tuesday by the NFL. Continue reading...
Ghislaine Maxwell court hearing disrupted by apparent QAnon followers
An unlawful live stream was viewed by numerous followers of the conspiracy theory before being shut down A court proceeding on documents in civil litigation against the jailed British socialite and accused sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell was interrupted on Tuesday when the judge became aware of an unlawful live stream being viewed by numerous apparent followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory. “J
Vogue to release new Kamala Harris cover after original sparks backlash
Magazine plans limited edition with new photo after original was widely seen as disrespectful Vogue will publish a limited print edition of its February issue, featuring Kamala Harris, with a new photo following widespread backlash against an original cover image widely held to lack respect for the vice-president-elect. The limited edition, with a cover image previously used online, will be publi
'I know these are dark times but there is always light,' says tearful Biden – video
Joe Biden shed a tear as he took to the stage to deliver a farewell address to a Delaware crowd ahead of his inauguration on Wednesday, saying: 'I know these are dark times, but there is always light.' Speaking at the Major Joseph R 'Beau' Biden III National Guard/Reserve Center, named for Biden’s late son, who died of brain cancer in 2015, the president elect said things 'can change, they can an
Joe Biden heads to inauguration in city scarred by last days of Trump
Heavy security for scaled-down event after Capitol attack Biden: ‘I know these are dark times but there’s always light’ US politics – live coverage Confirmation hearings begin one day before inauguration The US is preparing to herald Joe Biden as its 46th president on Wednesday, turning the page on Donald Trump in a city that vividly bears the scars of his tumultuous presidency. Related: Joe Bide
US coronavirus death toll passes 400,000 amid grim forecast over winter
Thousands more deaths expected this season as more transmissible strain spreads and vaccinations move slowly More than 400,000 Americans have now been killed by the coronavirus, a horrific marker of the misery the virus has spread across the country, as the rate of deaths from Covid-19 increases. The latest death toll comes as thousands more deaths are expected in a bleak American winter with wid
Biden cabinet picks: confirmation hearings begin one day before inauguration
Hearings kick off as Trump’s second impeachment looms Janet Yellen for treasury secretary; Antony Blinken for state secretary US politics – live coverage Confirmation hearings for Joe Biden’s cabinet nominees kicked off on Tuesday, one day ahead of the inauguration and as the next step in Donald Trump’s second impeachment loomed. Related: Biden to block Trump's proposal to lift US travel restrict
New owners of Tiger King zoo ordered to turn over lion and tiger cubs
Judge orders Oklahoma zoo featured in hit Netflix series to surrender cats and their mothers for violating animal welfare laws A federal judge in Oklahoma has ordered the new owners of an Oklahoma zoo featured in Netflix’s Tiger King documentary to turn over all the lion and tiger cubs in their possession, along with the animals’ mothers, to the federal government. Related: 'It's pretty messed up
One dozen national guard troops pulled from inauguration duties after vetting
Checks involved looking at ties to extremist groups Two members earlier reportedly removed due to militia links US politics – live coverage One dozen members of the US national guard have been removed from their duties helping to secure Joe Biden’s inauguration after vetting – which included screening for potential ties to rightwing extremism, Pentagon officials said on Tuesday. Continue reading.
Joe Biden must 'act big' with Covid relief package, says Janet Yellen – video
The US president-elect’s nominee for treasury secretary has told lawmakers that "the smartest thing we can do is act big" on the next coronavirus relief package, adding that the benefits outweigh the costs of a higher debt burden. In testimony at her virtual confirmation hearing, Janet Yellen said her task as treasury chief would be twofold: to help Americans endure the final months of the corona
Biden to block Trump's proposal to lift US travel restrictions on Europe
Trump order announced plans to lift measures next week Biden spokeswoman: ‘Not the time to be lifting restrictions’ Joe Biden’s administration plans to retain coronavirus travel restrictions on much of Europe, the United Kingdom and Brazil, aides to the president-elect said, shortly after the White House announced plans to lift the measures on 26 January. Donald Trump signed an executive order la
California households owe $1bn in water bills as affordability crisis worsens
One in every eight households owes water debt, survey shows, with Black and Latino neighborhoods more likely to be in arrears The magnitude of America’s water affordability crisis has been laid bare by shocking new data from California where debt owed on water bills has hit $1bn and one in every eight households is currently in arrears. Continue reading...
Open letter calls for publishing boycott of Trump administration memoirs
More than 500 book industry professionals have added their names to a call for publishers not to sign up veterans of the departing president’s government Five-hundred American authors and literary professionals have signed a letter calling on US publishers not to sign book deals with members of the Trump administration, saying “those who enabled, promulgated, and covered up crimes against the Ame
Janet Yellen says Biden must 'act big' with coronavirus relief package
The treasury secretary nominee says that despite debt implications, benefits of big spending outweigh the risks Janet Yellen, US president-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for treasury secretary, told lawmakers on Tuesday that “the smartest thing we can do is act big” on the next coronavirus relief package, adding that the benefits outweigh the costs of a higher debt burden. In testimony at her virtual
The lessons of Trump's presidency for Europe | Letters
Sascha Engel says Europeans must look to their own crises before pointing the finger at the US, while Carolyn Kirton recalls Boris Johnson fawning over Donald Trump Regarding Joe Biden’s inauguration, I believe it is necessary for Europeans to keep three things in mind as we watch this momentous event. First, we would do well not to forget that the outgoing president is not an aberration in Ameri
Missing Russian-American climber Alex Goldfarb found dead in Pakistan
Mountaineer was climbing near K2 in northern Pakistan Authorities are now working to bring body down mountain A Russian-American climber who went missing last week while trying to scale a mountain amid harsh winter weather in northern Pakistan has been found dead, the region’s tourist police and the Alpine Club of Pakistan said on Tuesday. The tourist police in the town of Gilgit made the announc
Janet Yellen says US must 'act big' to revive flagging economy
Incoming Treasury secretary’s speech boosts markets with call on Republicans to back Joe Biden’s $1.9tn stimulus plan Janet Yellen, the economist picked by Joe Biden to run the US Treasury, has said America needs to “act big” to revive its flagging economy and protect itself against long-term scarring with a major stimulus package. The former chairman of the US central bank, the Federal Reserve,
Joe Biden will launch presidency with appeal for unity – but whose unity?
Analysis: The convergent crises call for a united response, the president-elect argues, but Republicans say that means forgetting Trump’s alleged role in insurrection When Joe Biden takes the oath of office on Wednesday, the new president will appeal for national unity from the steps of the US Capitol, where two weeks ago a mob, incited by Donald Trump, stormed the building in a violent attempt t
US presidential pardons: a potted history of a shabby convention
Donald Trump is expected to pardon more than 100 people, following in the footsteps of White House predecessors Donald Trump is hardly unique in his controversial use of presidential pardons , which have been a sometimes sordid feature of US politics for well over two centuries. In his final hours in office, Trump is expected to pardon more than 100 people, including political allies, friends and
Energy agency forecasts lower demand for oil as Covid cases surge
Influential IEA cuts forecasts for rebound in market as new lockdowns bite World oil demand will be lower than forecast this year as a surge in new coronavirus cases looks likely to keep restrictions on the global economy in place, the International Energy Agency has said. The agency warned that a string of new lockdowns across big economies will keep a lid on oil demand over the first months of
How will Trump pass 'nuclear football' to Biden if he's not at swearing-in?
Physical transfer of brief case containing nuclear attack plans has become part of inauguration ritual It is a responsibility that has passed to every president since John F Kennedy – the custody of the so called “nuclear football” – the hardened brief case that is handed over on the day of the inauguration of new presidents by their predecessor. The question being asked, given Trump’s almost unp
Biden to target Covid and the economy amid stack of orders in first 100 days
Analysis: The incoming president is pushing a huge stimulus plan, and wants action on vaccines, racial justice and climate change When Joe Biden is sworn in as president on Wednesday, he plans to trigger a range of executive orders aimed at solving two of the biggest crises facing the country: the economic downturn and the coronavirus pandemic. Related: Biden inauguration: Donald Trump's last ful
Boeing 737 Max could fly in Europe this summer after EU approval
European safety agency follows US and Brazil in saying it will allow aircraft to return The Boeing 737 Max could return to European skies by the summer once approval for the plane to fly again is granted in the EU next week. It would mark a critical step in its return to service , after the 737 Max was grounded worldwide following crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia caused by a faulty sensor, which
Trump slams the door on his way out | First Thing
Trump is to host his exit ceremony shortly before Biden’s inauguration and issue dozens of pardons. Plus: Comey says the GOP needs to be ‘burned down or changed’ Good morning. Today is Donald Trump’s last full day as president, marking the beginning of the end of a turbulent, divisive and at times violent period in US history. But, as expected, he will not be going quietly. The 45th president is
Rapper Lil Wayne in line for last-day pardon from Donald Trump
But sources say neither Rudy Giuliani, Steve Bannon or president himself are on the list Biden inauguration: Trump’s last day as president - live updates The rapper Lil Wayne was among those reportedly expected to receive a pardon or clemency from Donald Trump on his last full day in office on Tuesday. Sources familiar with the matter who spoke to Reuters suggested that neither the president hims
'We weren't intimidated': A diary of Cori Bush's first two weeks in the House
The freshman congresswoman talks about what it was like to be in the Capitol during the attack, getting booed for denouncing white supremacy, and the Republicans who mistook her for Breonna Taylor The first two weeks of Cori Bush’s freshman week in Congress couldn’t have been more turbulent. Three days after the Missouri representative was sworn in, the Capitol was stormed by white supremacists l
Biden inauguration: Donald Trump's last full day as US president - live updates
US coronavirus deaths predicted to hit half a million in February Trump to issue more than 100 pardons before Biden sworn in Lights go out on reality TV presidency but dark legacy remains Sign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email 11.40am GMT Arwa Mahdawi writes for us this morning about the legacy of the other Trump woman in the White House – Ivanka : Ivanka Trump has wound up
Saudi Arabia's blockade of Qatar is over – but my father is still in jail for opposing it | Abdullah Alaoudh and Abderrahmane Amor
My father, the Islamic scholar Salman Alodah, is among the many prisoners of conscience languishing in Saudi jails The apparent end to the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar and a reconciliation among the states involved prompts the question: when will the Saudi government release the citizens who were caught up in the conflict and imprisoned during the three and a half-year crisis? In a breakthrough, i
Biden to 'hit ground running' as he rejoins Paris climate accords
President-elect to block Keystone XL pipeline among other swift environmental moves – but challenges lie ahead Joe Biden is set for a flurry of action to combat the climate crisis on his first day as US president by immediately rejoining the Paris climate 


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